New Program Added To Washburn Rural's Curriculum

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -Washburn Rural is boosting their academic curriculum this fall with an international diploma program.

The International Baccalaureate World School Diploma Programme (IB) is now being offered at Washburn Rural.

It is just the sixth school in kansas to do so and has given it's participants a new excitement for school.

Vice Prinicpal and IB Coordinator believes the new curriculum provides more for the kids to dive into. Saying, "These kids are thinkers, problem solvers and communicators so all of those skills are honed within IB that normally may not be."

The two year program is offered to Juniors and Seniors and allows students to explore topics in depth and ready themselves for higher education.

Junior Porter Haddock said" I wanted to get ready for college and I think it will help prepare for the workload in college and help me get scholarships.

The program at washburn rural is not only pushing students minds to new heights it is also challenging its instructors...

Teacher Christine Potter said, "It is exciting because you have motivated kids and it motivates you to dive in and do the best you can, so its challenging in that way."

A challenge that the inagural students were looking forward to taking head on when they began the IB program.

Junior student Liana Kabins said, "I just wanted the challenge and to see if i could do it. It's very interesting, I like the challenges and all the international perspectives we are getting."

All state colleges and universities in Kansas currently recognize the IB Program and based on students' IB exam scores they can receive college credits.


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